Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)

GWAC is a network of African-American women attorneys dedicated to the professional development of its members. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington D.C. area through a variety of activities, including educational programs and community service projects.









2017 Annual Networking & Awards Reception


Anitra Androh, Counsel, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Melanie Barr-Brooks, Associate General Counsel,
University of Maryland University College
Teresa Howie, Former Assistant United States Attorney
for the District of Columbia

Rising Stars
Brandes Ash, Associate, Burr Law Firm
Jessica Childress, Managing Attorney, The Childress Firm PLLC
Jacqueline Williams-Major, Principal Attorney, Law Offices of
Jacqueline Williams

JANUARY 26, 2017
6:00 P.M.




Upcoming Events

General Body Meeting

January 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Office of Administrative Hearings
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 450 North
Washigton, DC 20001


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2017 Charlotte E. Ray Award Ceremony

February 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004


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2016 - 2017 President's Welcome Message
Alicia McNeal, Esq., President

Greetings, I am both humbled and excited to serve as GWAC's President for the 2016-2017 bar year.  Over the past forty years, GWAC has shaped the legal experience for African-American female attorneys in the Greater Washington DC area.  From fighting for equality to providing education and opportunity, GWAC has always had a positive impact in the legal community.  As more African-American female attorneys enter the profession, GWAC will continue to foster and sustain a viable presence in the legal profession by providing educational and networking opportunities to ensure their success.

The theme of this bar year will be, Expanding the GWAC Brand.  This initiative will be accomplished through various panel discussions, community service projects, leadership training and interactive events.  As African-American female attorneys, it is important to not only promote professional growth but also to assist younger generations of African-American female attorneys to grow and succeed within this profession. Moreover, GWAC will focus on promoting a work/life balance.  The practice of law is a highly stressful practice and I believe it is important to create and sustain a balance.  Throughout the bar year, GWAC will host artistic and fitness networking opportunities for our members, friends, and the Greater Washington DC area legal community.   

GWAC is an organization that stands at the forefront of change within the legal community and this new bar year will be no different.  Please take the time to peruse our website and learn more about our organization.  Look at our calendar of events for various activities that you can be a part of, and if you are not already a member, please visit our membership page and join today.